|Childhood Matters: Growing Up with Asperger's Syndrome - April 13, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Asperger's Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that affects nonverbal communication. Children with Asperger's Syndrome often have difficulties with transitions, reading nonverbal cues and body language, and may exhibit social isolation or unusual behavior. Guests: Dr. Kathryn Stewart, PhD, clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the Orion Academy Asperger's NLD High School and author of A Parent's Guide: Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Disorder, and Mich...
|Childhood Matters: Early Childhood Literacy - August 29, 2004 - Childhood Matters|
Did you know that you could get your children on the road to reading simply by reading aloud to them every day? Tune in as Rona and her guests discuss wonderful ways to help your child fall in love with learning. Guests: Janell Flores, Director of San Francisco's Raising a Reader program, and Hildegarde Ayer, Executive Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center and co-author of the new book Every Child Ready to Read.
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|Childhood Matters: The Effect of Media on Our Children - April 13, 2003 - Childhood Matters|
Our kids are exposed to an "adult" world long before they are ready to be. This show concerns the proliferation of media, their powerful impact on children, and how parents can take back control. Guest: James P. Steyer teaches at Stanford University, founded Children Now, and is the CEO and Chairman of Families Interested in Responsible Media (FIRM), which provides tools and resources to parents who want to take back control of media in their lives.
|Childhood Matters: Behavioral Issues: ADHD and Temperament - October 26, 2003 - Childhood Matters|
Your child may be smart, creative, and perceptive and also be challenging-impulsive, active, distractable. There are many causes for these problems, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is only one possibility. Guest Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Massachusetts.
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|Childhood Matters: Music and Dance in Children's Lives - April 6, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Exposing young children to music and dance can help them learn to express themselves, communicate their feelings, interact with the world, and have fun. Guests: Asheba Wilson, musical storyteller, and Crystal Baik, co-coordinator of the Moving Parents and Children Together (MPACT) Program at Luna Kids Dance.
|Childhood Matters: When Baby Sleeps, Everyone’s Happy - September 21, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Regular, sound sleep from infancy onward allows for the healthy development and overall well being of children. When babies and young children have trouble sleeping, the whole family is affected. Many tired parents are confused about how to help their child self-soothe and sleep soundly. Join Rona and guest, Karen Pollak, Perinatal Educator and founder of www.babies2sleep.com, and Noelle Corchran, PsyD, sleep specialist and co-founder of Symbio, as they offer ideas for understanding sleep patter...
|Childhood Matters: Rona's Book Club: The Happiest Toddler on the Block (DVD) - April 20, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Toddlers grow and change with each day, in wonderful and sometimes challenging ways. As the parent or caretaker of toddlers, find out ways to calm outbursts and encourage healthy and happy development. Rona's Book Club discusses the DVD The Happiest Toddler on the Block with its creator, pediatrician and child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp, and Sadhna Gupta, Coordinator of Instructional Support with the Santa Clara County Office of Education Parkway Child Development Program.
|Childhood Matters: Positive Discipline - Childhood Matters|
As a part of our World Peace Begins at Home series, we'll focus on ideas for teaching children to become responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of their families and communities. Join Nurse Rona and guests, Stephanie Agnew, parent education coordinator for Parents Place in San Mateo and a consultant in Palo Alto, Kathy Bauer, a parent educator at the Salinas Adult School Parent Center, and Dr...
|Childhood Matters: Academic Stress in the Preteen Years - March 30, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
During the preteen years, ages 9 to 13, children experience numerous changes and transitions including the move from elementary to middle school. What can parents and teachers do to help preteens succeed in school with confidence and minimal stress? Guests: Denise Pope, PhD, Founder and Director of SOS: Stressed Out Students at Stanford University and author of “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, Damion McNeil, History Te...
|Childhood Matters: Reducing Power Struggles with Your Kids - January 14, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Some children are strong willed and like things to go their way. For many families, this leads to seemingly endless negotiations, and sometimes tantrums, about everything from eating vegetables to brushing teeth. Guests: Noel Janis-Norton, learning and behavior specialist internationally known for her unique Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting methods (www.calmerparenting.com), and Mary Jayne Sims, PhD, with the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Oakland Children's Hospital.
|Childhood Matters: Taming Tantrums - June 3, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
It's common for young children to respond to frustration, fatigue, or denied demands by having tantrums. Whether it's in a store or at home, parents are put on the spot, often not knowing what to do. Guests: Janice Townsend, Child Development Educator at Los Medanos Community College, and Todd Erickson, Assistant Teacher at Bing Nursery School at Stanford University and parent educator with Hand in Hand.
|Childhood Matters: Talking to Your Preteen about Puberty and Sexuality - April 27, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
In the preteen years, ages 9 to 13, children experience physical changes and a new awareness of their bodies and sexuality. What can parents and teachers do to ensure that preteens feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their concerns and experiences? Guests: Donna Carey, MD, pediatrician with Bay Area Pediatrics and Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Cio Hernandez, MFT, Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner with the Teen Clinic of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.
|Childhood Matters: The Effects of Domestic Violence on the Family - March 16, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Domestic violence impacts the lives of everyone in the family, and can be especially devastating to children. Adults need help to break the cycle of violence and children need support to heal from its effects. Guests: Devorah Levine, JD, Coordinator of Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence, and Debra Milinsky, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker with Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center.
|Childhood Matters: Helping Children with Sensory Integration Issues - July 1, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Sensory Integration refers to the brain's ability to process information brought in by the senses. Sensory Integration issues manifest themselves in many different ways and can affect people's sensitivity to the world, motor skills, and speech and language development. Guests: Dr. Brad Berman, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, and Denise Killingsworth, Occupational Therapist.
|Childhood Matters: The Social, Emotional and Cultural Needs of Pre-Schoolers - August 21, 2005 - Childhood Matters|
As more and more children attend pre-school, childcare providers and parents need to keep the social, emotional, and cultural needs of young children in mind. Guests: Karen Blinstrub, Executive Director of Child, Family and Community Services, Inc., and Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson of Safe Passages and First 5 Contra Costa.
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|Childhood Matters: Asthma and Children: Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention - March 23, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Asthma affects over six million children in the United States, and the majority develop symptoms before the age of five. What factors contribute to the onset of asthma, and what can parents and teachers do to respond to and reduce asthmatic symptoms? Guests: Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and Rose Qabazard, RN, Asthma Nurse Specialist for Oakland Unified School District.
|Childhood Matters: When A Child Is Angry - July 12, 2009 - Childhood Matters|
Anger is a normal emotion, but it can cause chaos and hurt when not understood and managed. Join Nurse Rona and guests, Sue Dinwiddie, MA, an author and parent educator with Parents Place, and Elizabeth Moffet, MFT, a therapist in private practice, to explore strategies you and your children can use to develop self-regulation and manage strong feelings to help everyone in the family.
|Childhood Matters: The Importance of Play - October 28, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Creative play is essential to a child's development. Despite the benefits of play, increased attention to academics, enrichment activities, hurried lifestyles, and child targeted media have resulted in the decline of unstructured play. Guests: Susan Linn, EdD, co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and author of the forthcoming The Case for Make-Believe, and Gina Moreland, Executive Director of Habitot Children’s Museum.
|Childhood Matters: Less Yelling and More Joy with Your Parenting Partner - December 16, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
The stress of being a parent can lead to fights with your partner about money, chores, or the kids. Taking care of your relationship is important to the well-being of your family. Join Rona and guests, Joshua Coleman, PhD, parenting and relationship expert and author of The Marriage Makeover, and Rona's husband, Mick Renner, PhD, as they offer ideas for creating a healthy and happy environment for your family and give you tips for making-up after a fight.
|Childhood Matters: How Children Learn Language - January 6, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
The process by which children learn language and acquire speech is complex. It's important for parents and caregivers to understand what's involved as children learn to express themselves in one or more languages. Guests: Henriette Langdon, EdD, CCC-SLP, Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences in the College of Education at San Jose State University, and Audra L. Elliott, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Director for Communication Works.
|Childhood Matters: How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children - October 19, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
"Emotional health provides the foundation for success at school and in life. One of the most serious and under-recognized problems facing our nation is the failure to meet the emotional needs of our children." Dr. Gerald Newmark, PhD, author of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting The Five Critical Needs of Children… And Parents Too! and Deborah Newmark, Executive Director of the Children's Project, and W...
|Childhood Matters: Talking with Kids About Infidelity--January 17, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
From Congressmen to world famous athletes infidelity seems to be highlighted in the media on a daily basis. How do you talk to your kids about this complex adult subject, especially when it hits close to home? Dr. Joshua Coleman, PhD, a relationship expert and the author of The Marriage Makeover, and Susan Berger, MFT, a psychotherapist, will join Nurse Rona to discuss the impact of extramarital affairs on children, whether they are secret or known...
|Childhood Matters: Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Young Children - May 4, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
A child's mental health and emotional development begins during the earliest years. Even very young children can face challenges in their ability to experience, regulate, and express emotions, form close and secure relationships, and process potentially traumatic events. What can we do to nurture the mental health of young children and what therapeutic options exist to respond to their struggles? Guests: Julie Kurtz, LMFT, Director of Mental Health at Kidango, and Barbara Ivins, PhD, Clinical Di...
|Childhood Matters: Being Mindful in Every Day Parenting Practices--April 4, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
In mindful parenting, parents learn that by enhancing their ability to pay attention and to go beyond children's surface behaviors, they are able to get to the heart of the matter and see their children with heightened compassion. It's also a great tool in understanding what triggers your strong reactions. Join Nurse Rona and guest, Lisa Griffin, one of the parent-founders of Present Moment Parenting, and Dr...
|Childhood Matters: Potty Training and Nighttime Dryness — May 30, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
At some point all parents and caregivers have to toilet-train a young child. There are so many different methods that it can be tough to figure out what’s right for your child. For many families this can be a process that extends through years of nighttime wetness. Join Nurse Rona and guests: • Renee Mercer, a pediatric nurse practitioner and the author of Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness, • Helen Neville, a pediatric nurse, parent educator, and the author of Mommy! I Have to Go Potty.
|Childhood Matters: Breastfeeding Your Baby - August 5, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Each year more women are choosing to breastfeed because of its benefits for children and moms. Guests: Fritzi Drosten, Lactation Consultant at UCSF Children's Hospital Intensive Care Nursery and Kaiser Oakland Medical Center Family Care Unit, and Janet Vaughan, Lactation Consultant and Monterey County WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator.
|Childhood Matters: Who You Are As a Parent - February 18, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Developing an awareness of your own experiences as a child can help you become a more connected parent. Guests: Daniel Siegel, MD, co-author of Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive, and Liz Kughn, MFT, Psychotherapist in private practice and with Marin County Community Mental Health Services.
|Childhood Matters: Physical & Verbal Abuse: The Negative Effects on Children - July 20, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
There's a wide spectrum of child abuse that occurs every day in every neighborhood. When a child is mistreated either physically or verbally the consequences can last a life time. What do you consider child abuse? Join Rona and Dr. Marguerite Wright, the senior clinical and research psychologist at the Center for the Vulnerable Child, and Jane Smithson, an educator for mandatory child abuse reporters, for a compelling discussion about the differences between effective discipline and abuse.
|Childhood Matters: Working Mothers - May 13, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Being a mother is work. And in addition to parenting, more than half of all mothers in the United States are also a part of the nation's labor force. How can working moms balance work and family and get the support they need? Guests: Joan Blades, co-founder and President of MomsRising.org, and Alexia Nye Jackson, founder of MOTHER: THE JOB.
|Childhood Matters: Cultural Differences in Discipline - April 1, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
There are many factors that contribute to the way we raise and interact with our children, including our cultural background and experience of the world. Guests: Alisi Fineasi, Ravenswood City School District Pacific Island Parent Specialist, and La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson, author, health educator, and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises.
|Childhood Matters: Where Do Babies Come From? - May 6, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
How do you respond when your young child asks where babies come from? What's the best way to talk to kids of all ages about sex? Guests: Robie Harris, author of It's Not the Stork, and Margaret Madams, Regional Director of Community Services and Education for Butte, Contra Costa and Napa Counties, Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo.
|Childhood Matters: Responding to Tantrums - February 28, 2009 - Childhood Matters|
It's common for young children to respond to frustration, fatigue, or denied demands by having tantrums. Whether it's in a store or at home, these meltdowns can put parents on the spot, often not knowing if they should set limits, enforce discipline, or provide comfort. Join Nurse Rona and guest, Janice Townsend, a professor of Child Development at Los Medanos Community College, as they offer ideas for understanding and taming tantrums.
|Childhood Matters: Raising a Child Who Loves to Read—October 4, 2009 - Childhood Matters|
A child's desire to read comes from being read to — your enthusiasm for stories and books will have a great influence on children. Since reading is a key component to educational development, parents will be interested to hear what our guests have to say about finding appropriate books and talking to kids about the books. Join Nurse Rona and guest Diane Frankenstein, author of Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, to talk about how parents and caregi...
|Childhood Matters: Preteen Struggles - From Eating Disorders to Being Overweight - February 25, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
During the preteen years, ages 9 to 13, children experience many physical and emotional changes. These transitions can be difficult and can put kids at risk for emotional distress and problems with disordered eating or weight gain. Guests: Pamela Carlton, MD, physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and co-author of Take Charge of Your Child's Eating Disorder, and Katherine Watson, PsyD, clinical psychologist at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center.
|Childhood Matters: How Sleep and Healthy Eating Impact Attention, Memory, Concentration, and Emotional Resiliency — August 29, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
Does your teen skip breakfast, wait until noon to eat, and wonder why he can't pay attention in the afternoon? Does your teenager moan when it's time to get up in the morning, yet stay up till midnight bonding with technology? Proper nutrition and sleep are critical for everyone, but teens are unique in their needs and habits. Join co-hosts Nurse Rona and Beth Samuelson, MA, of Student Organizational Services, and guests to discuss ways to ensure that teens are eating and sleeping properly so th...
|Childhood Matters: Talking about Sex and Preventing Teen Pregnancy - September 21, 2003 - Childhood Matters|
Join Rona and her guests for a candid discussion about teens, sex, peer pressure, and the rise in sexual activity among teens in our communities. Guests: Margaret A. Madams, Director of Community Services and Education for Napa and Contra Costa counties, Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo. Verna Springer is the Project Director for Teen Pregnancy Prevention with the Bay Area Community Resources (BACR).
|Childhood Matters: Teaching Your Child How to Use the Toilet - January 20, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Your child's readiness for toilet training is dependent on their unique development. How do you know when the time is right and what's the best approach to getting your child out of diapers? Guests: Meg Zweiback, NP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and author of Keys to Toilet Training, and Marci Gomez, parent educator with Salinas Adult School.
|Childhood Matters: Understanding Your Child's Behavior — July 25, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
What fuels your toddler's tantrums or causes your four-year-old to want not to go to school? Understanding behavior is a key ingredient to effective and respectful discipline. Nurse Rona and guests will discuss some of the underlying meanings of behaviors and ways to respond. Join us with your questions and challenges: • Julie Kurtz, chief deputy director at FIRST 5 Santa Clara County. • Dr. Intisar Shareef, department co-chair and professor in the Early Childhood Education Department at Con...
|Childhood Matters: Moms Speak Out On Food and Love - May 11, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
One of the core ways mothers express their love is by nourishing their children with food. Many factors contribute to the food we feed our kids, from cultural traditions to rising food costs. This Mother's Day, we explore the relationship between mothers, children, and food, and find inspiration in what mothers throughout the country are doing to ensure their children eat well every day, at school and at home...
|Childhood Matters: Early Identification of Social and Emotional Problems--February 21, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
Starting at birth, your children will reach many milestones in how they play, learn, and speak. Developmental checkups are a great way to make sure that every young child is healthy and ready to learn and grow. Tune in when Nurse Rona, and her guest, Dr. Pamela Simms-Mackey, discuss developmental screening at regular doctor visits as a tool for early intervention.
|Childhood Matters: Is Happiness a Skill? - November 15, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
What is happiness? Is it joy, optimism, faith or confidence? In a world where we are constantly reminded of suffering and sadness, there are many things parents and teachers can do to nurture happiness in children. Join Rona and guests, Christine Carter, Executive Director of the Greater Good Science Center and Randy Taran, Founder and CEO of Project Happiness as they discuss how the power of positive thinking, gratitude, and connections to other people can inspire happiness in children and the ...
|Childhood Matters: Do Boys Learn Differently from Girls? — September 26, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
Why are boys lagging behind girls academically? New data shows that boys have dropped behind in reading in every state; this problem seems to cut to the core of boys' difficulties keeping up in school. Additionally, struggling boys are twice as likely as girls to be suspended, and three times as likely face school expulsion. Join us as Nurse Rona and guests discuss how we can more effectively engage boys in school and motivate them to succeed...
|Childhood Matters: Reading With Your Child - March 2, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Reading with children is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them for learning. Exploring stories helps children develop their language, critical thinking, and coping skills while instilling them with a love of reading that can last a lifetime. Guests: Lygia Stebbing, Program Director at Jumpstart, and Christy Estrovitz, Early Literacy Specialist with the San Francisco Public Library.
|Childhood Matters: Raising Twins - May 20, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
When you're the parent of twins you quickly develop a multitude of parenting skills. Twins have different personalities, needs, and schedules, and each stage of development brings new rewards and challenges. Join Rona and guests, Stephen Harris, MD, pediatrician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the father of twins, and Erin Grieb, Board Member of Mid-Peninsula Parents of Multiples and the mother of twins, as they discuss the experience of raising healthy, happy twins.
|Childhood Matters: Dyslexia and Learning Differences - August 10, 2008 - Childhood Matters|
Many people are unsure if their child has dyslexia or a learning difference. When a child is young these are often hidden disabilities that can go undetected until a child begins to struggle in school. The beginning of the school year marks a good time to develop a plan for learning more about your child's learning style and advocating for their education. Join Rona and guests as they discuss learning disabilities and dyslexia, and offer ideas so all children can receive the education they deser...
|Childhood Matters: Teaching Kids about Dollars, Sense, and Saving--April 25, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
Teaching children how to manage money is not only an important life skill, but can also be a great way to teach responsibility. Join Nurse Rona and guests Kathaleen Miller, branch manager for Bank of the West, and Kathryn Price, senior vice president of Junior Achievement of the Silicon Valley, as they suggest ideas to teach saving, spending, and being charitable.
|Childhood Matters: Growing Up WIth Autism - April 22, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Autism affects a growing number of children and families in our communities. How does an autistic child experience the world and what are the challenges that families affected by autism face? Guests: Kamran Nazeer, author of Send In The Idiots: Stories from the Other Side of Autism, and Karen Kaplan, speech and language therapist and Executive Director of Oak Hill School.
|Childhood Matters: Getting a Good Night's Sleep - September 9, 2007 - Childhood Matters|
Regular, sound sleep from infancy onward allows for the healthy development and overall well-being of children. When babies and young children don't sleep, the whole family is affected. Guests: Dr. Rafael Pelayo, faculty member, practicing physician, and head of pediatric service at the Stanford University Sleep Disorders Clinic and a faculty member at the School of Sleep Medicine, and Vivian Sonnenberg, infant sleep consultant.
|Childhood Matters: Discipline Through the Lens of Temperament--March 21, 2010 - Childhood Matters|
Understanding a child's behavioral style is a key ingredient to effective and respectful discipline. We'll discuss strategies such as preparing a sensitive child for a new experience or helping an intense child calm down. Join three temperament experts, Nurse Rona Renner, Mary Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child, and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles, and Stephanie Agnew, a parent education coordinator at Parent’s Place in San Mateo County.
|Childhood Matters: Helping Children Sleep Soundly - August 30, 2009 - Childhood Matters|
Regular, sound sleep from infancy onward allows for the healthy development and overall wellbeing of children. When babies and young children have trouble sleeping, the whole family is affected. Many tired parents are confused about how to help their child self-soothe and sleep soundly. Join Rona and guest, Karen Pollak, perinatal and parent educator and founder of Babies2sleep.com, and Angelique Millette, PhDc, MFTt, a a parent coach, sleep consultant, as they offer helpful strategies for getti...